CenturyLink to provide network services for NIH

The Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health awarded a more than $62 million decade-long contract Wednesday to CenturyLink, Inc. to provide colocation, network connectivity and disaster recovery services to the agency’s National Library of Medicine and Center for Information Technology.

HHS launches challenge to curb hypertension through EHRs

HHS announced a challenge Monday in conjunction with its Million Hearts initiative aimed at using EHRs to curb the nation’s high blood pressure rates.

NASA launches open data challenge with Amazon Web Services

NASA, by virtue of Amazon Web Services’ cloud, is challenging the public to use its open data to create ways to study the planet’s actual clouds.

HHS looking for CEO and CTO to run health exchange marketplace

The Department of Health and Human Services is looking to streamline management overseeing the federal health insurance marketplace, appointing a new deputy administrator while announcing that it’s searching for two chief officers to head Healthcare.gov.

Inside the HHS IDEA Lab, a program to disrupt bureaucracy governmentwide

HHS IDEA Lab might seem like a program to build solutions around health care, but really its a movement for change within federal government.

Does wearable tech have a future in the federal government?

Many of the hottest trends in the technology industry focus on the expanding Internet of Things and the wearable devices and sensors that power it. And within the federal government, while agencies haven’t yet reached a tipping point for the devices’ use, optimism for a future filled with wearables seems plentiful.

Burwell confirmed as new HHS secretary

The Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell Thursday to replace Katherine Sebelius in the currently chaotic role of Department of Health and Human Services secretary.

Health Datapalooza introduces new health data and tools

A packed house of 2,000-plus Monday morning were the first to hear of new health data and tools from the Federal Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services announced at the 2014 Health Datapalooza in Washington, D.C.

Agencies find digital gov success by focusing on customers

The DigitalGov Citizen Services Summit hosted Thursday at the General Services Administration building explored many of the tactics federal organizations are using to bring their online presence and operations up to speed, but a resounding number of the representatives at the event referred to the customer as their main focus during this time of digital revolution in government.

GAO details sequestration’s impact on agencies

The top-level bumps and bruises of the 2013 sequestration have been more than apparent since the major cuts went into effect last March. But a new Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday shows in detail how the decrease in funding reduced or delayed federal agency operations and public services, affecting their partners, like state and local governments, as well.

FDA approves implantable, wireless heart-monitoring device

The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday the approval of the first-ever implantable wireless device, a permanent monitor to measure pulmonary artery pressure for people who’ve suffered from heart failure.

White House makes new cybersecurity framework voluntary to its agencies

The White House announced Thursday it would not order executive branch departments and agencies to impose a newly-developed cybersecurity framework, instead opting for a voluntary implementation of the standards.

HHS looks for third set of entrepreneurs

A program that brought in new talent and innovation to the Department of Health and Human Services will return for its third round this fall.

HHS: 15,000 lives and $4.1billion saved by improved health care

The Department of Health and Human Services announced today recent efforts to make hospitals less harmful for patients are driving positive results.

What’s next for healthcare.gov? ‘Mother of all reconciliations’

Eight million enrollments and nearly eight months later, healthcare.gov remains threatened by a labyrinth of unfinished back-end systems that if not designed and integrated properly could cost taxpayers billions of dollars in overpayments to insurance companies and additional technical fixes.

FedMentor: HHS’ Kevin Charest

Kevin Charest, CISO at HHS, shares career advice for up-and-coming federal employees in this FedMentor interview.

Survey finds innovation in government at all-time low

The Partnership for Public Service, Deloitte and Hay Group, as part of their analysis of the 2013 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government data, took a look at how innovative the government is and found that in the three years the survey has been done, innovation scored the lowest in 2013.

Six red FDA projects on IT Dashboard exceed $195 million

The Food and Drug Administration has six red projects on the IT Dashboard, totaling up to more than $195 million.

Health secretary to step down

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, is stepping down after five years on the post, ending her HHS career in the wake of the botched rollout of healthcare.gov and several congressional hearings in which she was blamed for the rocky launch.

Commerce puts best foot forward in open data

The government faces various challenges, but there is one that is universal among agencies: unleashing data.

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